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Feasibility study of a stratospheric-airship observatory

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Douglas K. Griffin, Bruce M. Swinyard, Sunil Sidher

Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Patrick Irwin

Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, 227 (February 24, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.458638
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  • Airborne Telescope Systems II
  • Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser
  • Waikoloa, Hawai'i, United States | August 22, 2002

abstract

This paper explores the concept of utilizing a long duration stratospheric airship as an astronomical observatory in the sub-millimetre wavelengths. In the first section of the paper, a conceptual description of the airship platform is presented along with the principles of operation of the platform. The results of a computer design code and trajectory simulation code are presented. These codes show that through the use of a modest power and propulsion system, the difficulty of constructing such a such a platform is greatly reduced. Finally, the results of a brief study into the accommodation and optical performance of a 3.5m class telescope and photometric and spectrographic instrument similar to the Herschel/SPIRE system within such an airship are presented. This study indicates that while the atmospheric absorption and emission characteristics impose some limitations on the spectrographic and photometric performance of the system in the 200μm to 1000μm band, the overall performance is more than adequate to render the concept viable and complementary to existing and planned ground, airborne and space based observatories.

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Douglas K. Griffin ; Bruce M. Swinyard ; Sunil Sidher and Patrick Irwin
"Feasibility study of a stratospheric-airship observatory", Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, 227 (February 24, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.458638; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.458638


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